Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp.
A teaser short for a longer feature available here.
01. Keen observers of post-rock/instrumental ongoings may recall North Atlantic Oscillation, an Irish/English/Scottish outfit based in Edinburgh, releasing thru KScope, that came in for serious critical acclaim in the early part of the decade.
02. They’re fronted by Dublin/Limrock man Sam Healy, whose solo project SAND surfaced with a self-titled full-length in 2013, taking NAO’s soundscaping in a more introspective direction.
03. Streaming above is Seldom-Used Furniture, taken from SAND’s newly-released sophomore effort, A Sleeper, Just Awake.
04. The album is available now on CD and digital. Meanwhile, fans of Healy’s mothership will be happy to learn that a compilation of the band’s tunes is also up for pre-order at present via the band’s site.
VERDICT: Arriving at a mad intersection of post-rock, prog, psychedelia and taking on inflections of jazz, SAND plays with the various boundaries and lines between them all, to glorious effect.
Since 2006, artist Joe Magrum has been touring US cities and taking to the street with sacks of coloured sand which he sprinkles by hand to create huge temporary spiral artworks.
Each one takes up to 8 hours to complete and he estimates he’s created over 550 in the last few years. Magrum, who also paints, has exhibited in various high profile galleries and appeared on Sesame Street.
Filmmaker and biomedical researcher Dr Gary Greenberg not only photographed these sand particles at 300x magnification, he also invented and patented the HD 3D microscopes that made the images possible.
The composition and and appearance of sand varies depending on geographical location. These tiny beauties are most likely from the beaches of Hawaii, where Dr Greenberg lives.